Very excited--my new 45/1.8 gets delivered today!

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After dipping my toe back in the mu4/3 water last month (after a year long hiatus) with a new-to-me, used E-M5 and my "old" Panny 20/1.7, I have since picked up the 40-150 kit zoom and an OM 50/1.8+Fotodiox adapter. While the MF lens is really fun to play with--I love the quality/smooth feel--and the zoom lens covers a good range, what I really wanted was the fast focusing, low light, relatively thin DOF capability of the 45/1.8 (the OM lens at 1.8 is too soft for enlargements, though wonderful at 2.8+). I can't wait to try out the new lens tonight! When my pennies are saved, I hope to get the 12-40 and the new pro tele zoom. Dang, this E-M5 is going to cost me a fortune.
 
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Is it the rendering or the FL that is a problem?

The rendering is great, no complaints. I usually take lots of close-ups, near macros. I usually have my 12-40 or my 60mm macro on my camera and both of these focus so much closer than the 45.

I did spend the weekend out of town with family and took dozens of indoor photos without using my flash and the 45 earned some respect for that quality. I went back and forth between getting a 25 or 45. The 25 focuses much, much closer, but I'm much happier with a little more distance between me and my subject when photographing people, so the 45 won.
 

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I need the FL for indoor kids' plays, etc. From the seats in our gym, 20mm is too short, the kit 40-150mm can't keep a fast enough shutter speed and a low enough ISO with the lighting situation, and the 75mm would be too long. I thought the OM 50/1.8 could work, since focal distance stays pretty constant, but the "bloom" at f/1.8 (and the need to use f/2.8) makes it less than ideal. So, this seems like the right tool for the job. The OM 50/1.8 will make a good portrait lens, and like I said before, is very fun to use in a way that the auto-everything lenses aren't.
 

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I went back and forth between getting a 25 or 45. The 25 focuses much, much closer, but I'm much happier with a little more distance between me and my subject when photographing people, so the 45 won.

The Oly 25 focuses closer than the Oly 45, but due to the focal length, the magnification is barely improved... from .11 to .12. Other than the dedicated macro lenses, none of the native u4/3 lenses is worthwhile for closeups of tiny things.
 
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The Oly 25 focuses closer than the Oly 45, but due to the focal length, the magnification is barely improved... from .11 to .12. Other than the dedicated macro lenses, none of the native u4/3 lenses is worthwhile for closeups of tiny things.

Now I feel a lot better. Thanks.

Actually, I just looked at a bunch of indoor candid shots that I took over the weekend with the 45, and I have zero regrets.
 

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Congrats! It's an excellent lens! It's been my travel low light prime for quite a few trips and I love it! It's small, light, and produces beautiful images!
 

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Congrats on your purchase. I enjoy using the 45mm as a portrait lens.

The Oly 25 focuses closer than the Oly 45, but due to the focal length, the magnification is barely improved... from .11 to .12. Other than the dedicated macro lenses, none of the native u4/3 lenses is worthwhile for closeups of tiny things.

The O12-50, which has a macro mode, is 0.36x which isnt too bad...

I dont mind using the O12-40 for (not-very-close) closeups. Magnification factor is 0.3x and you can focus on objects about 2in away from the front element.
 

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You are going to have a lot of pleasure reviewing the photos you take with this lens.

Be sure to try lots of portraits with it!
 

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Ok, so the refurb lens came in. It is indistinguishable from new, other than the packaging. I'm very happy with it. One question, though, regards the focusing. Maybe it's the super fast focusing system (and it is fast), but there is a weird split second blur right before the crystal clear focus is reached. Is that normal? I'm not sure I'm describing it right because it happens so quickly. But, for example, my D300 with the G lenses or older D lenses just goes straight to clear focus. I think that happens with my slower focusing Panny 20/1.7. Anyone?
 

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It is the nature of CF focusing to overshoot the focus point before 'zeroing in' on it. You may not have noticed it with your other lenses because they don't have such shallow DOF, so they look like they went 'straight to sharp' when in fact they are still zeroing in.

Only the new DFD technology in the GH4 avoids this in a CF camera.
 
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